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Haymarket Park sold out of hot dogs and the Lincoln Saltdogs could not buy a run in a 4-0 loss to the Texas AirHogs on Saturday at Haymarket Park.

The AirHogs brought the gloves early to keep the Saltdogs off the scoreboard and used timely hitting late in front of the Saltdogs' second-largest crowd in franchise history of 7,887.

Lincoln's largest home crowd was 7,979 on June 23, 2001.

“It was great to see the fans come out..." Lincoln manager Bobby Brown said. “(Texas) made some outstanding plays on the defensive side and we also hits some balls right on the screws, right at guys.

“That's not taking anything from the way they pitched and the way they defended us tonight.”

Saltdog starter Nick Tepesch did not allow a hit through five innings but suffered his first loss of the season after lasting 7 1/3 innings and recording seven strikeouts.

“It's a very professional mentality,” Brown said of Tepesch (4-1). “He's going out there to dominate lineups and manipulate his way through the lineup."

The AirHogs used three of their four hits in the seventh inning to take a 2-0 lead before adding two more in the eighth.

Tepesch fell to 4-1. Lincoln remained in second place and a half-game back in the South Division with a 12-10 record.

“He gets double plays when he needs double plays and he gets strikeouts when he needs strikeouts," Brown said of Tepesch, "but it is hard to win when you don't score any runs."

Texas reliever Sean Stutzman did not allow a Saltdog runner to reach second base after the fourth inning, picking up the win in five innings of relief. Stutzman allowed just two hits and did not issue a walk. Lincoln left five runners on base, none after the sixth inning.

Lincoln will look for the series victory Sunday against the AirHogs at 5 p.m.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7431 or tgray@journalstar.com.

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